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Postby Jogeephus » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:01 pm

If only I could cut hay. Not complaining about all the rain but it would be nice to be able to cut hay sometime. I just checked on field and its falling over and there is about an inch of standing water on it. More rain in the forecast. Got plenty of grass. Cows are fat and sassy but it would be nice if I could just make some hay.
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Re: If only

Postby ga.prime » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:04 pm

It's rained here 5 times since yesterday morning.
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Postby JMJ Farms » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:05 pm

ga.prime wrote:It's rained here 5 times since yesterday morning.


Pond siphoning yet?
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Postby ga.prime » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:08 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
ga.prime wrote:It's rained here 5 times since yesterday morning.


Pond siphoning yet?

Haven't looked but I'd say not, rain totals haven't been enough for that.
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Re: If only

Postby jdg » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:34 pm

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you ever thought about bale age? My T85 i've been able to windrow behind conditioner and bale right behind cutter on a hot day. Hay in a day is nice....one day of clear weather, two tractor passes and done, with more nutrition to boot.
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Re: If only

Postby M-5 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:52 pm

Does your boat have enough room for one more??

I can say this has been a year where I just open the gates and letem go where ever they want . no need to tightly manage grass Its all growing too fast.

I attended a couple of seminars on baleage a few years ago and IT is the cats meow . I am too small to justify the cost .
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Postby Jogeephus » Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:04 pm

jdg wrote:Jo-

you ever thought about bale age? My T85 i've been able to windrow behind conditioner and bale right behind cutter on a hot day. Hay in a day is nice....one day of clear weather, two tractor passes and done, with more nutrition to boot.


I've done it before but would prefer not to if I can help it. I may have to do it this year though.
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Postby Silver » Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:13 pm

I'd like to cut some hay too. Water everywhere. I promised myself I wouldn't complain if it rained all summer though. I've only made just over 200 bales of silage, but that option is out for awhile until I can move bales and navigate in the feed yard.
But yes, if only I could cut hay.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:09 pm

Definitely feast or famine this year.
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Re: If only

Postby jdg » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:25 am

Jogeephus wrote:
jdg wrote:Jo-

you ever thought about bale age? My T85 i've been able to windrow behind conditioner and bale right behind cutter on a hot day. Hay in a day is nice....one day of clear weather, two tractor passes and done, with more nutrition to boot.


I've done it before but would prefer not to if I can help it. I may have to do it this year though.



what do you prefer about hay? Certainly easier to transport, and if barn stored will last longer....but i seem to keep my TDN higher with baleage and they don't seem to waste as much. What's been your experience?
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Re: If only

Postby Jogeephus » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:31 am

The hay was good enough but I just found it troublesome with the weight of the bales, the plastic and the extra cost. I just view it as a necessary evil and will only do it as a last resort in wet times.
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Re: If only

Postby ga.prime » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:47 am

Todays forecast: 30% chance of rain, mostly before 1:00

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Re: If only

Postby Jogeephus » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:26 pm

We just got hammered. I'm guessing 2-3 inches.
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Re: If only

Postby ga.prime » Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:11 pm

Jogeephus wrote:We just got hammered. I'm guessing 2-3 inches.

Ours are mostly small rains, quarter inch or so. The rain this morning was close to 1 inch.
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Re: If only

Postby bird dog » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:24 pm

ga.prime wrote:It's rained here 5 times since yesterday morning.


Its rained here 5 times since March. :( I bought hay (40 rolls) yesterday for the first time in 5 years. My 50 acre hay field made 84 rolls.

I guess the good thing is, is that is is spotty. 40 miles makes a lot of difference. Hauled a few calves to the Buffalo sale this morning and that area looks to be pretty good shape moisture wise. I wish I could bale their road side and medians. 109 degrees on the way home. But its a dry heat. Ha
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